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STREET DOGS: It's not really as we recall

The pieces the brain chooses to compose our memories are those that best preserve and protect our self-concept, writes Michel Pireu

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: What Zuma must still break to survive

Peter Bruce promo

It's time the ANC stood up to its president. He has to stop spending money and back his finance minister or we are headed for disaster, writes Peter Bruce

Cosatu unions neglect core work in pursuit of riches

Labour a convenient whipping boy for business, but great irony is unions are not fighting to uphold worker rights, writes Natasha Marrian

Lack of local competition undermines exports

Gavin Keeton

Competition authorities must check market dominance by private and public businesses while government fans flames of domestic competition, writes Gavin Keeton

How racial populism damages the idea of equality

Vanguard of racial populism rides roughshod over constitutionally guaranteed principle of equality, writes Gareth van Onselen

HALF ART: Artist Muholi brings us face to face with performed authenticity

Roles Zanele Muholi’s Somnyama Ngonyama 'performs' depict the black face and the black body as both regal and vulnerable, writes Chris Thurman

THE INSIDER: Handicapped golfers go cap in hand to umpire

Picture: REUTERS

Oddly enough, the word ‘handicap’ stems from an ancient form of barter

Born-again jihadis seek a better afterlife for all

Suicide bombers are driven by contradictory visions welded uneasily together: anticolonialism, mortal transcendence for victims, and divine reward in martyrdom, writes Jonny Steinberg

Depending on China is no way to grow Africa

China’s trade with Africa not broad-based and not driven by altruism, writes Mzukisi Qobo

LIQUID INVESTMENTS: Vine art of seeing stars and scoring points while sipping

Michael Fridjhon promo

Professional tasters seem to manage a degree of consistency, despite potential for things to go wrong, writes Michael Fridjhon

Previous columns

LAW MATTERS: No sense in government’s appeal of textbook case

The only thing the government will have achieved in the textbooks case is to make itself look as if it does not care about poor children, writes Franny Rabkin

When it comes to money, there is nothing new under the sun

Even an apparently hi-tech currency like Bitcoin differs little from the monetary systems of the ancients, writes Robert Laing

Let us stop name-calling and reflect on values

Social struggles and tensions demand discussion about which system will best deliver greatest benefits to the most people, writes Xhanti Payi

STREET DOGS: Too hard pile has a place

When it comes to investing, having a ‘too hard’ pile is a huge advantage, writes Michel Pireu

AB InBev’s imminent JSE listing will make it top dog

Listing will enable Belgian-Brazilian brewer to familiarise itself with South African investors and smooth cross-border financial flows, writes Hilary Joffe

THE INSIDER: Are Cabinet meetings called by the tea party?

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, front, flanked by Basic Education Minister address a media briefing following the public protector's report on President Jacob Zuma's estate at Nkandla on Wednesday.  Picture: GCIS

Jeff Radebe admits after commendations, welcomes and encouragements Cabinet did, in fact, get round to discussing budget and drought

A blind spot about sage advice

Science can tell us more about atoms than about the way people behave, writes Michel Pireu

Winning the toss may be key to securing third Test

Calling correctly and batting first may not guarantee victory, but batting first and batting well almost certainly will, writes Neil Manthorp

SABMiller buyout will test merger guidelines

Mega beer deal comes just as competition authority refines its thinking on public interest, writes Trudi Makhaya

STRAIGHT TALK: Rate hike will lift debt demand

Mark Barnes promo

Everybody can borrow money now. For most people, once you do, you’ll never look back; never get out of it and you’ll always live beyond your means, writes Mark Barnes

2015: A glorious year for Jacob Zuma

This year was a great for President Jacob Zuma in this country without consequences or rational voter sentiment, writes Gareth van Onselen

ON THE MONEY: We need more rebel shareholder activists to keep companies honest

Stuart Theobald promo

Short activism a good way to improve market efficiency by providing incentives for skilled analysts to look for bad news and not just the good, writes Stuart Theobald

DIANNA GAMES:African exchanges need innovation to seduce business

Dianna Games promo

Stock exchanges need to catch up to changes in attitudes and business practices in Africa’s private sector, writes Dianna Games

ON THE WATER: You’re not crazy, it is the world gone mad

Without a definition of mental illness, some brands of deviance, like warmongering or sellers of short-term insurance, are not necessarily insane, writes Neels Blom

ON WORK: Successful people are those who fret about their abilities

Lucy Kellaway promo

The more confident you are of your feebleness, the harder you have to try, the better the work you produce, writes Lucy Kellaway

Reckless president wrecks by neglect

Peter Bruce promo

All the markets can see is the government demanding that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene spend more, writes Peter Bruce

STREET DOGS: It is up to you

Self-motivation, progress and discipline must arise from within as ‘the mind neither requires it nor demands it’, writes Michel Pireu

HALF ART: No escaping colonial past in Belgian big top

The ‘long view’ shows France is not an innocent victim of a malicious, medievalist attack on secular society, writes Chris Thurman

SACP and ANC marriage well and truly on the rocks

Tension between the parties centres on the fallout between their respective leaders but policy issues have also rubbed the ANC up the wrong way, writes Natasha Marrian

LIQUID INVESTMENTS: Stellenbosch properties rule the vineyards

Michael Fridjhon promo

Supply and demand have made Stellenbosch dirt more valuable than that of Paarl, Wellington, Durbanville and Robertson, writes Michael Fridjhon

The necessary obsession with interest rates

The preoccupation with interest rates is understandable considering their effect on our monthly home loan, car, credit card and other debt repayments, writes Robert Laing

Christmas ads should embrace tenderness

Drop the promotion-driven, generic and overly clichéd. Christmas ads should reflect SA’s humaneness and spirit of kindness and sharing, writes Suhana Gordhan

STREET DOGS: From The Devil’s Financial Dictionary

Michel Pireu: Data, n. The raw material from which Wall Street fabricates distortions for marketing purposes

THE INSIDER: Red-carpet treatment by royal command

Swaziland's King Mswati III. Picture: GCIS

Prodemocracy group apoplectic over ban of red or white carpets except for over-inflated King Mswati

Zimbabwe First Lady’s rape stance defies logic

Leon Louw promo

By grace of Grace Mugabe, temptation absolves criminals and victims cause crimes, writes Leon Louw

Is democracy really a solely Western preserve?

Democracy is not about forcing anyone to change their culture — it is about the right to be what we are, writes Steven Friedman

LETTER FROM LONDON: A season of SA art abroad changes narrative

Events such as SA-UK Seasons show off country’s willingness to face up to its myriad challenges and ‘hug the cactus to make tequila’, writes Marvin Meintjies

Maimane is inconsistent in firing Kohler Barnard

Decision on Kohler Barnard shows just how shallow the DA can be when it deals with the real issues surrounding racism in SA, writes Phakamisa Ndzamela

Words repeated too often can lose their sting

Students protest over planned increases in tuition fees in Stellenbosch on Friday. Picture: REUTERS

The modern lexicon of social injustice is now so overused it is in danger of becoming a parody of itself, writes Lindiwe Mazibuko

THE INSIDER: Time may work wonders for SAA chairwoman

SAA chairwoman Dudu Myeni  and new acting CEO Musa Zwane confer during a parliamentary committee  hearing on Wednesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Perhaps the shambles at SAA is so comprehensive that the question of her resignation leaves her dumbfounded

No, SA is too insane even for the terror crazies

The psychotic fringe is unlikely to use SA as a remote incubator due to the difficulties our ideological complexities would present, writes Simon Lincoln Reader

EFF will play a role in choice of ANC leaders

Anthony Butler promo

EFF’s leadership, comprised of members of a defeated ANC faction, can expect to be active participants in the ANC’s upcoming leadership struggle, writes Anthony Butler

Journalism is about checking the facts

Factual mistakes can mess up our decision-making, they can hurt and even kill, writes Anton Harber

The great South African nondebate

The racial thought police are on the loose and if unchecked will destroy South Africa, where there are far greater problems than hidden bigotry, writes Gareth van Onselen

THE INSIDER: Shouting at Branson par for the course at SARS


Branson can consider himself fortunate for getting off so lightly

STREET DOGS: Leverage is a double-edged sword

Michel Pireu: Leverage can never turn a bad investment into a good one, but it can turn a good investment into a bad one

Bafana need urgently to shrug off the inconsistency monkey on their back

Mninawa Ntloko promo

So unpredictable is the national team these days, you never quite know which Bafana will show up, writes Mninawa Ntloko

Poor getting richer faster than the rich

Leon Louw promo

Real wealth is not about nominal dollars but about real world access to the amenities of life, writes Leon Louw

AT HOME AND ABROAD: There’s a better way to deal with Islamic State than war

Allister Sparks promo

A more sophisticated solution is needed in the Middle East as interventions by the West have not been enough, writes Allister Sparks

STREET DOGS: It doesn’t work that way

Novices tend to believe there’s some answer out there to investing, that it’s a matter of finding the right formula, the single right technique, writes Michel Pireu

League fails to fathom university autonomy

Nomalanga Mkhize

Youth leaguers’ politics of opportunism and authoritarian bent antithetical to bright minds pursuing freedom and institutional stability we need in future, writes Nomalanga Mkhize

THE INSIDER: Paris attacks: push to get band to top charts


Online campaign wants Paris rock band in top spot of the UK singles charts following terrorist attacks

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